Paul, C. and Schofield, A. (2009) e-Portfolios for teacher candidates UBC e-Strategy Update, October 14
This is a discussion and evaluation of the use of e-portfolios at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education. Teacher candidates are encouraged to collect artifacts and written corresponding reflections from their course work and practica which they later co-relate to the professional standards of practice established by the BC College of Teachers.
Some e-portfolio experts, such as Ray Tolley, are likely to be critical of this approach to e-portfolios, since it is somewhat imposed on students in order to meet ‘external’ assessment criteria set by a professional body. For some students, it came as a retroactive rather than a formative activity.
One excellent feature though is that some of the students have made their e-portfolios accessible through this article, as concrete examples of e-portfolios for those not familiar with the concept. It is also refreshing to see an article that provides an evaluation of the weaknesses as well as the strengths of this approach to using e-portfolios.